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Easter Memories

Happy Easter!

I don’t have a lot of childhood memories of Easter.  Growing up and going to church was hit and miss for me.

My memories of Easter as a kid consisted of a few egg hunts, but mostly I remember the family picnics.

I grew up in the south.  With Spring making an earlier appearance in the south, by Easter, it was good picnic weather.  Mom would fry chicken and make potato salad.

The Easter celebration today for kids, is SO commercialized.  It’s like a 2nd Christmas for a lot of kids.  Huge Easter baskets, overflowing with candy and toys.  Then they get a whole new wardrobe.  Lots of kids get even more than that.

I don’t get it.  I don’t see the connection; the reason for all the excess.

It’s a good thing that I don’t have little kids, because I would be a real stick-in-the-mud over Easter.  Possible church services, a nice meal and maybe that egg hunt.  I think that’s quite sufficient.

I’m sorry folks, I didn’t mean to be such a wet blanket on the celebration of Easter.  If you celebrate this holiday, I wish you a Happy and beautiful Easter.

Copyright (C) 2018 Penny Wilson

*Day 5 of my post-a-day.


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

26 thoughts on “Easter Memories

  1. I agree that Easter and all our holidays are over commercialized and we’ve lost their true meaning. I grew up as 1 of 6 children. Easter and Christmas were huge holidays for us kids. The Easter baskets were small back then and we each got one large chocolate bunny along with all the little stuff. Christmas was 1 wrapped gift from our parents and 1 unwrapped gift from Santa. We went to church for the holidays. Birthdays were normally 1 toy. Clothes were not often given as gifts until we got older. We got new outfits just before school started. Our bikes and wagons came from the junk yard. My dad rebuilt them and they looked good as new. We did a lot of handing down and sharing.


  2. I’m not really into Easter. But then again, I’m not really into any annual celebration things. They all smack of too much commercialism these days. I prefer ordinary weekends with no pressure or gifts or awkwardness. So I feel you hon.


  3. I agree that children seem to get way too much stuff for holidays, whether Easter, Christmas… That said, it’s difficult as a fairly new grandma not to want to buy lots of cute and fun things for the little one. I gave my 2-year-old granddaughter sidewalk chalk, a t-shirt with a camera print on it (because I’m a photographer always taking her picture), a mini wooden train, a small bag of snack goldfish crackers and a little chocolate Easter bunny (which she thought was a toy). Is that too much? I didn’t think so. But maybe. None of the items cost much and I knew to limit the candy since her parents wisely limit her sugar intake.

    I hope you had a wonderful Easter, Penny.


  4. I totally agree with you.Now every festival has been so commercialized, it more about showing the words that you have actually enjoyed than to just enjoy the company for your family and friends,


  5. I agree with you. But then I’ve been trained to always agree with a lady. 😊 You are right that it’s not what it used to be. When I was a kid I had to be in the house from noon to 3 on Good Friday, which represented the time Jesus was in the cross.


  6. Great post, Penny! And I agree wholeheartedly. I believe it is possible to celebrate anything without going overboard. Western culture seems to have the motto, “If a little bit is good, then a whole lot is even better!” That is rarely the case, however.

    Happy Easter!


  7. I fond things changed for me. As a kid it seemed there were endless church services and Easter Sunday was the arrival of the ‘Easter Bunny’. As my kids aged and went there own way in life I did buy the first few gkids an Easter gift. But I discovered they were receiving far more than they needed with loads of chocolate etc. So these days I don’t buy anything, its just another Sunday day the only difference is the shops are all shut. I hope your Easter was ok for you Penny.


  8. Rejoice and sing praises to God. For Jesus Christ has risen rom the dead, just how he promised. Here’s wishing you and your family a very happy Easter.


  9. We’re raising a generation that will feel entitled to the very best of everything, and yet will not be able to provide for their own happiness … because it has always been provided for them.
    We can learn so much from dogs! Ray likes his treats, and was trained with treats however, he is very happy with one treat as necessary, and it can be a small treat. Of course he would like bigger and more treats, but he is very happy to get one small one. When he expects a treat but does not get one, he simply believes that perhaps next time will be better. Ray needs his home, security, regular food and TLC, and anything else is simply a bonus. We, being the supposedly superior species, would do well to consider a dog’s perspective on life.
    Of course we want our children to be happy, but excess is not necessary if our children’s happiness is our purpose. They will eventually become part of a world that does not include their parents, and they need to understand what are realistic expectations for a happy life. If they are continually spoiled, they have no way of learning such a lesson and life will be very difficult for them.
    Parents really need to think about their approach to parenting and ask themselves “Is this really teaching my children what they need to know in order to be truly happy, or is it teaching them that reckless spending and self-indulgence is the key?”
    I am not a great promoter of any particular religion, but surely compassion and understanding; being non-judgemental; supporting the less privileged; freely giving where one can ….. have far more value in the long term, then ignoring those less fortunate and simply being self-focused?

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